"Sunset came earlier each day, and Scoochie Mouse felt the urge to store lots of seeds in her hiding places in the barn and up in her nest in the hayloft.
"The harvest was coming in. Dad and Mom worked harder than ever. Some days Tom and Jessica stayed home from school to help. The orchard was full of ripe apples. Their sweet fragrance hung like a cloud of perfume around every tree.
"On the morning that the first frost lay glistening over the fallen leaves, there came a great honking and flapping out of the wide blue sky. The chickens set up a chorus of welcome. The Canada geese were flying south, and they always stopped at the farm to visit Spitzer the gnome...." (from "Scoochie Mouse in Autumn")
Scoochie, like all mice, is quiet and careful in her comings and goings, which is all the better for her to see and hear the world around her! And though she may not understand everything she observes in the farmhouse, her senses are keen to detect the most important things in life. And on this particular farm these most important of things are evident in abundance: a deep reverence for the natural world, an abiding kindness toward all creatures, love, and goodness.
The Adventures of Scoochie Mouse follows Scoochie, the farm family, and Scoochie’s gnome and animal friends through the four seasons of the year. Each season includes a short, imaginative "story within the story."
(Ages 3–6 years)
Theresa Roach Melia was a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for many years and has been writing poetry since she was fourteen. The tale of Scoochie Mouse originated as a story for Theresa to tell her beloved daughter Fiona as they walked to school, and the adventures of Scoochie Mouse grew further during rest times in Theresa’s kindergarten class. Theresa lives in Northern California with her sweet man and her cats and dog.Marcia Ellyn Nilsson
has been involved in Waldorf Education for over forty years.